Thinning, balding and breaking edges can be experienced by anyone, man or woman. It doesn’t matter how old you are, or whether you are relaxed or do weaves. The number of reasons as to why your hairline could start misbehaving are countless. I know how embarrassing it can be to experience thinning edges, especially with the pictures of models being flaunted on the internet. No wonder many women are desperately in search for answers.
What causes thinning edges?
The major cause of hair loss is stress, iron deficiency, hormonal imbalance, pregnancy, postpartum, weight loss, scalp conditions like alopecia areata and tight styling.
Bad styling habits such as excessive styling contribute to hair loss. Since this can happen to anyone, do not feel alone.
Do not worsen the situation!
When one starts to notice a thinning edge, the first thing they may want to do is to cover it up. This is because of the embarrassment associated with it. Covering up could worsen an already bad situation, so its time you accepted this and started working towards restoring your edges. Fortunately, it will not last long if the correct steps are taken towards salvaging the situation.
Here’s what should start doing…
Scalp massages help in stimulating the skin and increasing the flow of blood thus boosting the circulation of nutrients to the hair follicles. This enhanced circulation aids in the growth of your edges. The type of oil to be used is not as important as the act itself. Actually, you can opt to massage without the oils, either way, circulation should be encouraged.
Treatments and stimulating oils
Gently rubbing the areas experiencing thinning using oil mixtures also aid in hair regrowth. Such treatments reduce the damage and repair the follicles. Vitamin E is an effective oil when it comes to growth stimulation.
Protein treatments such as raw Shea butter is a great option. Warm it up before applying it to ease the application process. Black castor oil, being an emollient, coats the strands and provides vitamin E which replenishes the skin.
Use natural, healthy products on the area around your hairline
Keep makeup, moisturizers and cleansers away from the hairline. The harmful chemical in them could stagnate the regrowth process. Some acne products can also damage your hairline, so you are safer protecting this area.
Embrace hair supplements
Many have experienced rapid hairline regrowth by taking skin, hair and nail vitamins. It is important to note that these vitamins do not guarantee instant hair growth and you need to consult your physician first.
Switch from a cotton pillowcase to a satin one. Cotton tends to absorb the moisture and natural oils off your hair, not to mention the friction during the tossing and turning could cause breakage. Your edges will love a little pampering with oils and moisturizers; hence you are better off with the right night routine.
Analyze your “protective” styles
Protective styles are meant to reduce your hair manipulation. However, these styles start working against you there is excessive pulling and tugging, leaving your delicate hairline strained and begging for freedom.
To ensure your hair is actually protected, do not install braids that are painfully tight. You should let your stylist know during installation should they pull too tight so that they can adjust. The pain after installation should not last more than a day, otherwise that’s your body warning you that something isn’t right and you need to uninstall the braids.
take breaks away from weave installation so that your hairline gets to recover from the tension.
Here’s what should stop doing…
Falling for the hype
No miraculous technique will instantly restore your edges. Any oil or conditioner that can be used on the other parts of your hair can also be used on your hairline. Avoid slicking and pulling your edges every so often, even when they are meant to curl freely.
Wearing tight styles
I understand that everyone wants a given style to last. However tightening it up, as i had mentioned before, does not guarantee its longevity. Do not overlook a tight style especially when you intend to regrow your edges.
Using adhesives, glues and wig caps
Your scalp needs to breathe! The use of these hyped adhesives, glues and caps does not give it space to enjoy some fresh air. Some actually have allergic reactions to these products, although they take long to manifest. The effort channeled towards growing your edges won’t bear any fruit if you keep holding tight to these hair products.
Wearing tight caps with no satin borders
Wearing a satin bonnet is one thing, but wearing a tight bonnet that has no satin border is something else. You’d rather opt to sleep on a satin pillowcase or turn your bonnet inside out so that your edges are fully protected. Stay away from bonnets that are too tight.
Finally, patience is key. Your edges did not disappear in one sitting so neither will they grow back immediately. Be consistent in applying these tips and keenly monitor your hairline. You could choose to document your journey so that you are able to track progress. If there are no changes within 5-7 months, consider visiting a dermatologist for analysis. Wait for at least eight months before going back to weaves and braids, so that your scalp gets strong enough to hold such styles.
About the Author
Candice Hall is the Marketing Manager of Dynasty Goddess Hair, with a factory in Thailand & Office and Shipping Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, they are one of the top retailers in Virgin Remy Hair Extensions in the USA.